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. >>> this was the last day in afghanistan for america's best-known general, david petraeus, who transferred command of u.s. and nato led troops to his replacement, general john allen. a west point graduate with a princeton phd, easily the most celebrated modern day general officer is leaving to run the cia as the u.s. prepares for a gradual drawdown from afghanistan. >>> when we come back here tonight, new research on head injuries and dementia and alzheimer's and a group that the researchers are most concerned about tonight. >>>, and later, they may have come up short in the end, but the u.s. women's world cup team members are still american idols. >>> we're back, as promised, with news that may help solve a mystery. researchers set out to see what happened later in life to those americans who served in vietnam. what they found, presented today at the annual meeting of the alzheimer's association, is that head injuries during that war may be linked to dementia years later. and the findings could mean a frightening scenario, of course, for veterans of our current dual wars. thousands of them have come h
-olds all have a parent who has done multiple tours in iraq or afghanistan. so guess what they like best about the women's team? >> they don't give up. >> reporter: it's their hallmark says espn analyst judy fuady, a member of the 1999 team. >> to show courage and the will to persevere when everything is against you will be their legacy if they can win this game on sunday. >> reporter: but the americans have already achieved one big victory. they're regarded not just as world class women's players, but world class soccer players, period. >> the women are now being appreciated for their skill as athletes. >> reporter: skills they hope will bring home the cup. nbc news, frankfurt. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. see you tomorrow morning on "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. good night. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
with a daily reminder of his sacrifice in afghanistan. he lost his hand picking up an insurgent's grenade to save two fellow soldiers. risking his life netted petry an invitation to the white house where he was saluted for his courage and bestowed the honor of becoming the only second living serviceman to be awarded the medal of honor since the vietnam war. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. >>> there's a lot of buzz over a growing trend in hong kong. residents are turning to beekeeping there as a little bit of nature meets the concrete jungle. so far 11 urban beehives have sprouted up around the city that each hold about 10,000 bees. experts say hong kong is ideal for harvesting honey with nearly constant warm weather all year. >>> well, one family proves opposites really do attract. after this fawn's mother was killed, members of the community brought the baby to a nearby farm in texas. it was quickly adopted by a herd of goats and seems to have found the family that it needed. the fawn seems to fit right in already and
's 170th infantry brigade in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and this frankfurt sports bar where ex-pats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake, lance armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt, dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself -- >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: -- biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup and plenty of hearts here in g
and these women in new york, los angeles, afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family from the u.s. garrison in titleburg in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball is going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> anne thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. that's good. >> i was in the newsroom yesterday watching, trying to get work done. at moments
and boys -- my 16-year-old son -- men and women in uniform in afghanistan glued to the television set, watching you, cheering for you. i mean, this was a victory for women's soccer. do you think -- do you realize the difference you have made for women's sports? >> absolutely. i think it's clear that, you know, we play with so much pride and so much spirit and so much passion. and i think that's the american spirit. and i think people really grasp on to that, and they wanted to jump on the bandwagon and follow it. because truly, this country loves winners. and although we didn't bring the cup home, we have a winning attitude and winning spirit and we play with so much passion and pride. and i think the country really enjoyed watching. >> and you've got daughters, christie. >> two little girls. >> so this is particularly poignant for you. >> yeah, it was definitely amazing to finish off the tournament like that and just to be able to go home to two little girls smiling and inspiring the youth, you know, and hopefully everyone, you know, jumps on board and enjoys the board of soccer and
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